Thank you



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Those two words go a long way.

And no one deserves our gratitude more than the men and women who have served and currently serve in our military.

Fighting for your country is as selfless an act as any. Veterans Day should be used as an opportunity to commemorate those who died in the line of duty, celebrate retired and active duty members and appreciate the sacrifices made by our armed forces and their families.

The ones who perished need to know their ultimate sacrifice wasn’t for nothing. We should honor their memory and service by living productive lives and upholding the principles they fought for.

America is a great country — and Alaska is its best state. Let’s make those who are no longer with us proud of what we do each and every day.

To those who are retired, I hope you’re as proud of your service as I am to live in a country with citizens that put the well-being of complete strangers above their own.

Being an active duty member of the military can’t be easy. Living in one area for more than three years isn’t likely. Getting deployed far away from family and friends is almost guaranteed. The politics of whether or not America should have a military presence in certain countries is debated nearly every day. And yet, you have a job to do.

At the end of the day, completing the mission is all that matters. Operating with that mindset — all the while adhering to a set of standards foreign to most people — is no easy task.

The military life isn’t easy on families, either.

Moving from base to base is difficult on spouses, and even more so for children, who become accustomed to being “the new kid in class” every few years.

Not to mention deployments.

Modern technology has made it easier for families to stay in touch while loved ones are overseas. But chatting with dad via Skype is no substitute for a story and goodnight kiss before bedtime.

And you can’t pass the coldest, darkest months of the year snuggled on the couch with a laptop.

The only thing harder than living with someone in the military is being in the military. But families understand sacrifices need to be made.

And so do we.

From all of us at the Chugiak-Eagle River Star, our gratitude to all past and present service members can’t be understated.

Thank you.

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